Letters to the Editor

Snowy sidewalks

February 23, 2007


To the editor:

I've been visiting in Lawrence this past week with my parents at their home near 17th and Mississippi streets, where I grew up.

After a week of single-digit temperatures, snow, wind and ice, Monday was a beautiful, sunny day in the 50s. When Mom asked me to run to the grocery store, I decided to enjoy the weather and walk to Dillons on Massachusetts Street.

I noticed that the sidewalks surrounding the private homes were clear and in some cases dry, but that the sidewalks around the small apartment and rental houses along 17th Street were hard-packed with snow and ice.

Shame on the owners and managers of these properties that don't care about the safety of their tenants and the people who live in these neighborhoods that walk to get around or for exercise! Isn't there a city ordinance that requires these owners to take care of their sidewalks?

Sally Llewellyn Kirkpatrick,

Morgantown, W. Va.


happyone 10 years, 9 months ago

yes there is a city ordinance that says you must keep your sidewalks clean but many rental property owners think they are above the law!!

temperance 10 years, 9 months ago

They must be snow clearin' nijas in West Virginia!

Or Sally just has a lot of time on her hands. . .

imastinker 10 years, 9 months ago

Well - it depends what the rental agreement is. Most places leave outdoor maintenance such as snow removal to the tenant.

Other large complexes have crews that do this. I agree that they should be doing this if that was the agreement.

Whoever is supposed to do it should be though.

OnlyTheOne 10 years, 9 months ago

The problem with the Lawrence ordinance is that it's worded such (or interperted so) that no action is taken unless someone complains. Which in effect says,"Well we're (the city) in the clear legally 'cause we have an ordinance requiring snow and ice removal. You'll have to sue the responsible party.

Confrontation 10 years, 9 months ago

Hey Sally:

You grew up here, but we are glad to see you leave. Go home and write letters to your own paper.

Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 10 years, 9 months ago

Eating the food from Dillon's on Massachusetts is far more treacherous than traversing icy sidewalks to get there.

hockmano 10 years, 9 months ago

There is no way that they can enforce this ordinance. Do you realize how many people would be in court? That's why the legal system is back up the way it is now. Get a life!

Bladerunner 10 years, 9 months ago

How could this be enforced? Would you come home to find a ticket on your door after working all day. What if you intended to shovel that night? What if you have kids programs at school to go to and can't get to it till the next day?

We live in a climate that sometimes rains snow on us. Get used to it! Not everything will always be perfect. In fact, it most often will not be. Quitcher bellyachin!

I'm with Confrontation. Go home and write letters to your own paper.

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